As long as we’re talking Baltimore Comic Con — which is only a few short weeks away–and will be held over the Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2-Sunday Sept.4 — it’s just been announced that Game of Thrones actor Kristin “Hodor” Nairn will be attending on Saturday, giving us all a chance to write a story that begins “Hodor!” Maybe Nairn will spin a DJ set or two while he’s there.
BCC also announced an emended weapons policy, as shown below. Replica firearms, and real firearms are both banned, as are sharp edged weapons, projectiles, explosives and other things that you do not want at a comic-con.
Are they banning time traveling door holders? No.
The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held on September 2-4, 2016 at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. We want to thank all fans and cosplayer for their quick feedback on our updated policy — we have heard you and are adjusting to ensure our true concerns are addressed without adversely impacting your ability to cosplay at our event!
Our first priority at Baltimore Comic-Con will always be the safety and welfare of all our fans, guests, vendors, and the Baltimore community. Our amended policy is intended to address sharp-edged blades and realistic, functioning firearms. With that in mind, our AMENDED Weapons Policy follows.
The following list is not meant to be all-inclusive and the Baltimore Comic-Con reserves the right to prohibit additional items not listed in this policy. Prohibited items include:
1. Functional firearms of any kind (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns, and pellet guns)
2. Replica firearms (including reproductions, or toy guns that can be confused for actual firearms by law enforcement)
3. Sharp-edged (non-dull) bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatchets, knives and swords, sword canes, and switch blades)
4. Explosives of any type (including black powder, firecrackers, and fireworks)
5. Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
If you purchase a sharp-bladed weapon (not blunt or rounded) from a Vendor at the convention, please be careful and consider keeping it in its original packaging while you’re on the show floor.
We completely appreciate the time and effort that so many of our fans and guests put into their costumes and convention attire and we expect to see many suits of armor, Thor’s Uru hammers, Harley’s mallets, Cap’s shields, etc., and they have always been and will always be welcome at our show. Whether dressing for our annual costume contest, cosplay, or simply showing your fandom, we understand that weaponry is often part of the overall presentation. We sincerely hope everyone understands these extra measures that have been designed to preserve a safe and enjoyable environment for all, and we strongly encourage everyone to continue wearing the costumes on which they have spent so much time and effort.
Thank you in advance for working with us to ensure a safe and fun time is experienced by everyone at the Baltimore Comic-Con.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.